1st or 2nd gen Klr?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by jollyrock, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. jollyrock

    jollyrock Adventurer

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    I am looking at a 2006 and 2009 KLR. Comparable miles and price (2nd gen is more but has a bunch of aftermarket goodies)

    I like the look of the 06 more and it just looks like a better dirtbike. From the research I've done I gather that it is about 50lbs lighter too... does that sound right?
    I like to get on the back wheel a bit and even a small jump or two. Any suggestions would be appreciated
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  2. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    After having four KLR's, 3 2007 and older and 1 2008 and newer, I will never buy the newer model again. Old and new models are less then 8 pounds difference in weight, don't know where you got your information from. You should be able to find any KLR info here that you want to know about. http://www.klr650.net/forums/index.php

    John
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  3. Gunner45

    Gunner45 Out on the trail

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    When I bought my KLR in 07 the newer style bikes were on the show room floor along side the older style bikes. I trail ride my bike quite a bit, and there is less plastic to have to replace on the older style machines when you dump it.

    Two of my friends have an 08 and a 09, and they have proven to be good bikes as well. I just prefer the look of pre 08s
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  4. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    I have both Gen's. KLR in either gen isn't a dirt bike. GenI is certainly better at offroad work than GenII. GenII has some nice upgrades over GenI...primarily a front brake that actually works. Weight difference is 22lbs with empty tanks. I like GenI and in particular the pre 96 engine over other engines....lots more grunt off the bottom. Either bike with upgraded suspension makes them another bike altogether.
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  5. damasovi

    damasovi Long timer

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    well, from what I have read their a number of 08 and 09 that burn oil (a lot) so new rings? are in order, or a 685 kit will fix it. Also from several forums and mags I read that it has a significant increase (30-40 lbs) the gen 2, along with several upgrades such as brakes, suspension, 1-2 hp, lights (all in all kawasaki claims 40+ upgrades).

    There is the down side of the added tupper ware, that must be protected because it will crack on the first floor visit. If I had the chance to buy a new KLR I would buy the gen 2 since I do mostly on road and the seat is one of the upgrades on the gen 2. I have an 06 btw and I have added a couple of things to make it better for me.

    Cheers

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  6. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    DR. It only makes sense.
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  7. jollyrock

    jollyrock Adventurer

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    Well I've thought about DR and XRL (bike in my pic is a 85 XL600) but the Hondas are so tall now and I am not.
    The KLR makes sense to me because I have highway distance to go before I get it offroad. I think I'm going with the '06.
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  8. psycho klr

    psycho klr Qu'est-ce Que C'est

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    :rofl

    I think it is a requirement here at ADV that all threads that ask, "Should I buy a 1st gen or 2nd gen KLR?", must be answered, "Buy a DR".

    :rofl

    I wonder if the DR650 guys think that the questioner has never heard of a DR, or what?
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  9. psycho klr

    psycho klr Qu'est-ce Que C'est

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    You will love it.

    Based on how you said you ride I would suggest you have Cogent Dynamics make you a shock sprung for your weight and riding style (I have the non adjustable one, it works great) and maybe get the fork springs with Race Tech Emulator package as well.

    http://motocd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=45


    Then just ride the wheels off the thing.:deal
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  10. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    i have a 2000 klr. before i got it i was looking for a gen 2 because i think they look better. I picked up my bike becase it was a good deal. I paid about a third of all the advertised gen 2 bikes around. Buy an older klr and put your extra money into upgraded suspention and some aftermarket goodies. BTW i paid $1800 for mine wiht 8k miles.
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  11. psycho klr

    psycho klr Qu'est-ce Que C'est

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    Can I talk to you about the DR650?
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  12. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    i guess i don't follow you. i like the dr, but they were more expensive and harder to find in my area than a klr. I think that with a dr you are getting a bike that is slightly better offroad but slightly worse on road because of the lower weight and loss of wind protection.

    I have thought about purchasing a dr650 as a seccond bike then making the decision on which to keep the klr or the dr.
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  13. psycho klr

    psycho klr Qu'est-ce Que C'est

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    I'm just making a dumb joke. See posts 6 and 8 above.
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  14. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Thought the question involved choosing between KLR650 generations.

    Insinuating DR advocacy into KLR threads isn't new nor unusual; however . . . don't think I ever saw a KLRista intrude into a DR thread, advocating a KLR over a DR.

    Somehow, the mere existence of KLRs on the planet threatens and annoys some DR uber alles partisans, it seems. The reverse isn't so; the DR deserves its credit and respect, as do its riders, IMHO.
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  15. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I flogged the guts out of an 06 KLR for a few seasons. It is a great learner bike. I learned it was heavy and not a dirtbike. I use it as a winter beater now.
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